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PNP to enforce prohibition vs alcohol, videoke in cemeteries during All Saints and All Souls Day

Cebu City (27 October) -- As heavy crowd is anticipated to surge in the different cemeteries throughout the country with the annual observance of All Souls Day this coming weekend, the public is reminded not to carry alcohol or conduct loud and boisterous forms of entertainment like videoke.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Jesus A. Versoza issued a Letter of Instruction (LOI) 68/09 to all police regional offices prescribing the operational guidelines on security coverage, public safety measures, contingency plans, and other support services to be provided by the police during the observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

Consistent with existing laws and local ordinances, prohibited in public cemeteries and memorial parks include drinking of alcohol, videoke or playing loud music, gambling, drugs, and carrying of firearms, explosives and deadly weapons, the LOI stated.

The entire police are placed on heightened alert to ensure the availability of police units and personnel to perform police duties and respond to contingencies.

Police Regional Office (PRO-7) Chief Gen. Lani-O Nerez said he has already ordered all provincial and city directors in Central Visayas to strengthen police visibility in bus terminals, seaports and airports as more people will be going home to their hometown provinces for the long weekend holiday.

Nerez also ordered the establishments of police help desks to assist the public in areas where there will be heavy crowd including in public cemeteries, bus terminals and seaports.

The PRO-7 chief also advised the public to be alert of petty crimes like snatching especially in crowded places where pickpockets position to prey on their victims.

When they visit the cemeteries this weekend, residents must always ensure that their houses are locked and to coordinate with their neighbors to check on their homes because thieves might strike and rob their homes, Nerez stressed. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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